Friday, July 19, 2013

Her Sister

Today's special guest is award-winning author Karen Rose Smith. Karen was born in Pennsylvania. Although she was an only child, she remembers the bonds of an extended family. Since her father came from a family of ten and her mother, a family of seven, there were always aunts, uncles and cousins visiting on weekends. Family is a strong theme in her books and she suspects her childhood memories are the reason.

In college, Karen began writing poetry and also met her husband to be. They both began married life as teachers, but when their son was born, Karen decided to try her hand at a home-decorating business.  She returned to teaching for a while but changes in her life led her to writing romance fiction. Now she writes romances and mysteries full time. She has sold 82 novels since 1991.

Presently, she is hard at work on a three-book series for Harlequin Special Edition as well as a three-book mystery series for Kensington.

Married to her college sweetheart since 1971, believing in the power of love and commitment, she envisions herself writing relationship novels, both romance and mystery, for a long time to come!


ABOUT THE BOOK

Clare's little sister, Lynnie, was abducted twenty-seven years ago.  Now the retired detective who has never been able to let go of the cold case has a lead.  Lynnie could be alive!

Clare's neighbor, Joe, an occasional friend until now, gives her support and...wants more than friendship.

Clare's mom, Amanda, thrown together again with her ex-husband into a crisis discovers forgotten love beneath the regrets.

Clare's sixteen year old daughter, Shara, decides to run from her problems instead of facing them.

A devoted sister, a turmoiled mom and a rebellious daughter find their way back to each other in this contemporary ebook about three generations who discover love can knit their family back together again.

 
AN EXCERPT

Where is Lynnie?  Where did she go?

In her mind, five-year-old Clare Thaddeus called to her little sister—Come back, Lynnie.  Please come back.

The huge policeman crouched down in front of Clare's mother at the sofa and said in a deep, slow voice, "Mrs. Thaddeus, I know you're terribly upset.  But I need details.  We've got an hour before daylight.  If your daughter wandered outside—"

Clare's father, who'd been talking to another man in blue, glanced at her, and Clare huddled down deeper into the big green armchair.  Her dad didn't come to her but rather went to her mom, sank down beside her and wrapped his arm around her.  Then he spoke to the officer.  "Our daughter, Lynnie, is three.  She would never go outside into the dark on her own."

"Tell us again where you were last night," the policeman demanded in a not-so-nice voice.

"I worked late, preparing a brief."

"Until five a.m.?"

"Yes, until five a.m.  As I told you, I always check the girls' rooms before turning in.  Lynnie wasn't in her bed.  I woke my wife.  We looked through the whole house and then we called you."

Clare had been sleeping in her brand new room.  They'd moved in here—she studied her hand and counted her fingers—five days ago.  Boxes were still stacked down here and upstairs.  The house was okay.  There were more rooms for her and Lynnie to play hide and seek.  But she didn't like being alone in her own room at night.  She'd liked it better when she and Lynnie had slept in the same room.  She was supposed to watch her sister.  She was always supposed to look out for Lynnie.  That's what big sisters did.
 

LEAVE A COMMENT - AND WIN A GIFT!

Karen will be awarding a Landau charm bracelet and a $25 Amazon Gift Card to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour (US ONLY).

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14 comments:

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting

KRS said...

Thanks for having me here today. My question for readers--do you read more in summer than winter?

Have a great day.

Shannon R said...

I read more in the summer since I have more time off work. Though there is something to be said about a good romance and a cold winter night

fencingromein at hotmail dot com

kmt1976 said...

I always have a book handy. The season doesn't matter.

p.m.terrell said...

Thanks for visiting us here today! Your book sounds wonderful.
Your question made me think! Since I live in coastal NC and our seasons consist of HOT and HOTTER, I think I read the same amount whether it's summer or winter.
Best of luck on your book tour!

Andra Lyn said...

Hi Again!

I think it really depends. Summer has a bit more free time, but then it's in the winter that I usually really need the escape that a good novel brings. Thanks for your questions! You've got a lot of good ones!

andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

Ingeborg said...

I read the same amount in the summer and winter.

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Kate said...

Awesome giveaway! Thank you so much for sharing!

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KRS said...

Shannon--Time is always the factor! Summer and the dead of winter are when I seem to have the most time.

kmt--I've always carried a book with me everywhere I go. Now it's my Ipad with both audio and ebook ready to read.

p.m.terrell--I never thought about hot and hotter! Finding time is always the issue. ;)

KRS said...

Andra--I like to know what drives my readers...to read!

Ingeborg--thanks for stopping by.

Kate--You're welcome. Good luck.

bn100 said...

That was nice

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KRS said...

Thanks for having me here today! Have a great rest of the summer.

Karen H in NC said...

My reading habits don't change from season to season. I always have a book with me, regardless of where I am or what I might be doing.

kareninnc at gmail dot com

Bobbye Booth said...

Looks interesting ;) Can't wait to read it :)
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